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Thread: 2006 Maine Geocoin (Finally?)

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    Default 2006 Maine Geocoin (Finally?)

    OK, I think I have all the info for the 2006 coin.
    The discussion so far seems to be as follows:
    - Most people want to see the coin trackable this year. This will add to the cost, but along with being trackable it adds another important feature. GC.com is requiring that for a coin to be advertised on their site now, it has to be trackable. The bulk of last years orders were from out of state, so that is an important consideration.

    - Keep the same coin shape (round, 1.5") with the same front as last year. One (potential) issue with this design is that it incorporates the GC.com color scheme (the 4 colors in the outline of Maine) and in their policies they state that "Designs must be family friendly and may not include modified versions of the geocaching.com logo." I contacted Tess at Coins & Pins. She checked with Bryan at GC.com and he said it's OK with them. So no problem there. This front would have sequential serial numbers regardless of if we make the coin trackable or not.

    - The metal finish used last year was a polished silver. I recieved samples in antique bronze and the image on both sides looked much better than the silver. An antique finish adds about $.15/coin, but looks a lot better (I think anyway)

    - If we keep the front the same design, do a new back using a 3D image (like we did last year) and make the coin trackable, we can sell these coins for about $5.20 each in silver, or $5.35 in antique bronze. This is with tracking and a custom icon (instead of a generic PC icon next to a cache with one of these coins in it)

    - We need artwork suggestions and submissions. I'll start by throwing out some ideas to think about.
    Moose - Loon - Flyfishing - Canoeing - lobster/lobsterboat - Riverdriving (historical) - hiking - pine tree - x-country skiing or snowshoeing (with a logo like "Winter doesn't slow us down")
    Kayakerinme had some suggestions too, maybe using blueberries, or a blueberry field, or maybe the WWII Liberty ships built in Portland. One he mentioned that I really like is the sign with Denmark, Peru, China, etc with the mileages on it. I have seen a pic of this sign in the photo gallery. Not a typical "Maine image" but a great caching pic! He also suggested looking at antique copper or silver for coin finishes.

    I would like to open this up to a (limited time) discussion before putting anything to vote. We need to decide on:
    1. Coin shape and design, same front as last year OK?
    2. Coin reverse. Topic and art
    3. Trackable or not? Adds to the price, but also to the desirability.

    Lets discuss for a week or so and unless there are strong feelings to keep talking, put the design up for vote on Oct 15th.
    I'm going to attach a pic with the silver finish next to the antique bronze. The silver is washed out looking, but it's like that in person too, another reason for an antique finish.
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    As far as I'm concerned, everything sounds GREAT except the suggested designs.

    I think this needs a LOT of discussion.

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    I think that we should stay away from the coast scene we did that last year. THere is more to maine than the ocean. I like the Blue berry field but on a coin how would you be able to disttinguish between theat and a field. I would like to see a mountain with snow on it.

    Glad to see this in motion, thanks Andy.

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    OK,,,I'll take 5!!! LOL,,,The design is obviously the one issue that may turn out to be a sticking point --not sn issue with me personally-- but no matter what we choose this year it will be different next a year and so on. Soooooo, just because one design is selected this year does not mean that it won't be selected next year!! My point is --the moral of the story-- is individuals shouldn't get uptight if their preferred design is not chosen this year, they should lobby for their choices for next year. Only 11 more weeks to this year, not much time to get this coin out to everyone who would like some before 2007.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WhereRWe? View Post
    As far as I'm concerned, everything sounds GREAT except the suggested designs.
    What would you suggest for designs?

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    Thumbs up Maine Coin

    I liked all of your ideas but design is an other issue. There are very few winter coins out and around. One with an xc skier or mountain with snow on it would be nice. You had a good suggestion for a winter logo. It should be trackable and with its own icon.
    We hate mindless caches placed in the woods without a reason, nothing but the cache in a plastic bag on a tree.

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    Default Some themes

    The nation's oldest blockhouse, Fort Halifax in Winslow: http://www.state.me.us/doc/parks/pro...ifax/index.htm and site of Hiram's Fort Halifax cache GCQNBB

    North America's first ship http://www.state.me.us/doc/parks/pro.../firstship.htm

    Something related to Longfellow

    Something related to Chamberlain/20th Maine

    Cadillac Mountain in Acadia where the first sunlight of the new day touches the US

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    I love the winter theme!

    Few places can match what Maine has to offer: Nordic Skiing, Alpine Skiing, Snowmobiling, Snowshoeing, Ice climbing, Skating, winter camping and on and on!! And every one of these activities has a cache.

    How about a cartoon character dressed with all of the Maine winter gear?

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    Mt. Katadin with its snow cap might be nice...

    Team Teebow
    I said WHAT!!! You just took me the wrong way......

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    Quote Originally Posted by team teebow View Post
    Mt. Katadin with its snow cap might be nice...

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    The only reason I didn't mention Katahdin was that there have been two Maine personal coins minted this summer, both with nice representations of Katahdin on them. I thought it would make a good subject for a future coin though....

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